Saturday, December 30, 2006

Lowry Christmas

Every year my mom's side of the family gets together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is acctually a big deal because a lot of them live out of state. This year we had the Christmas party in McLoud. Rachael and I got a VISA gift card from Maw-Maw. We had a great time!

What do you do with your extended family?

Brandon and Rachael

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas Morning at the Werner's

Merry Christmas!

We had a great Christmas this year! On Christmas Eve (after the candlelight service) we went to see The Nativity with both our families at the bricktown Harkins Theater. It was a good movie and we had a great time together.

After the movie, Rachael and I spent the night at my parents house. As always, I was up around 2:00 am. I love to get up early on Christmas morning, shake the gifts, play XBOX, read the Bible, and just enjoy Christmas!

I got everyone else up around 6. We opend our stockings, exchanged gifts from siblings, then opened gifts from mom and dad!

Rachael and I got things to hang on the walls in our house, a 10 person camping tent, some XBOX remote chargers, new coats, and much much more!

This year was the first Christmas with Rachael as part of our family. We gave my parents a picture of Elizabeth with some scripture. Rachael did a great job putting it together and it turned out to be a great gift!

How was your christmas?

Brandon and Rachael

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The WHC Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve at Western Hills
Our church held it's annual Christmas Eve candlelight service this year. We did some new things and it turned into quite the production! I made some short videos, the CBI kids did a manger scene, we had special musicals by the orchestra, on the harp, and more!

We finished it all up with lighting the candles and singing Christmas carols around the room. It all went very well thanks to the sound and video teams... great job guys!

How did you like the service this year?

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Christmas at the Tuter's

Christmas at the Tuter's
This year we had Christmas at the Tuter's on the 16th. Every other year Jonathan and Kristina go out of town to be with Jonathan's family for the holidays. This is a picture of me and my 10 month old niece Jasmine Small. She is learning to walk and speak and is getting old enough to be a lot of fun.

I have lots of pictures of other Christmas stuff and more stories to go with them. I will update again soon (it is hard to update without having internet at my house but our new camera should help).

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve Gift!

Christmas Eve Gift! (a family tradition)

Every year on Christmas Eve my family plays a game that has become more and more significant. On Christmas Eve (from midnight to 11:59pm), you try to be the first person to say "Christmas Eve gift!" to somone else. If you catch someone first, they are supposed to give you a Christmas Eve gift (although most never do give a gift it is fun to play). This year I got my dad, brothers, sister, and wife (my mom caught me off gaurd... but my dad set her up to do it). I am still working on getting my Grandma (she is pretty good).

So as I want to say... Christmas Eve Gift! to all! :)

Merry Christmas!

-Brandon and Rachael

Monday, December 18, 2006

Our New Christmas Present!

One of the things Rachael and I wanted was a new camera before the baby came along in April. The Lord has provided a great digital camera with 6 megapixels and 10x Optical Zoom. We got it as a Christmas present from Rachael's parents.

We can't believe how good the Lord's blessing is and that He would choose to bless us! We are stil praying for a new shed, a dishwasher, and money to fix our car before the baby comes. I know that God will provide! Please be in prayer for us as we take on this new adventure!

Brandon and Rachael

Friday, December 15, 2006

#1 OU Fans!

Rachael and I went to Jon and Beth's house with my family, her family, and others to watch OU play OSU. We are both BIG TIME OU FANS and this game was important. Winning this game would mean that Oklahoma would go play Nebraska for a BIG 12 title in the championship game!

I am happy to report that OU beat OSU for the third year in a row!

About 5 days after the game, Jonathan and Kristinia called and offered tickets to the BIG 12 Championship game in Kansas City! We were SOOOO excited! Rachael made a sign, we packed up and headed off to the game!

We had a great time with Jonathan and Kristina! We were able to make it a two day trip thanks to the hospitality of the Jestes' cousins.

This sign, Rachael, Kristina's hat, and myself ended up on national TV!

This is a picture taken with OUR camera at the BIG 12 Championship Game! We had seats on the 50 yard line about 15 rows up! It was amazing!

SHOW YOUR TEAM SPIRIT! Who is your favorite NCAA football team?

Playing in the Snow / Getting Stuck :)

Rachael, Alisha, Adrianne Lauren, Jonthan, Justin and I went to the park to sled after this last snow we had. The snow was very deep (about a foot) in most places. We had a great time.

Jonathan tried out a few tricks... they didn't work so well. He had a sore behind for the next week. :)

The snow was so deep that it made a creek bed look like it was part of a field. Alisha and I took off out into the field and, as you can see, got a little stuck. Mine was pretty easy to get out because I saw it before it happened and was able to make some adjustments.

Alisha wasn't so lucky...

Alisha burried her car into the creek, crack the ice, and water came up through the snow and made a pond. We tried to push it out but it was to late... she sunk her car into the 5+ foot deep creek!

My dad had to come in his new truck and pull it out (I think he enjoyed that). Alisha broke something on her car and had pay $150 or so to fix it.

Although it wasn't fun at the time, we can look back and laugh at a good memory made.

Any comments?

Brandon and Rachael

Putting Up Lights

A Christmas Tradition
Every year, right after thanksgiving, we help my parents put up Christmas lights at there house. Rachael and I had a great time doing this and getting into the Christmas spirit! This will be our first Christmas as a married couple...

So from our house to yours, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*And remember, Jesus is the reason for the season.

Brandon and Rachael

CBI Presentation / Character Focus

Children's Presentations
CBI is going VERY well. We are taking the children through the Bible in one year. Many of the children are memorizing large chapters in the Bible and nearly all of them have memorized the books of the Bible! Rachael and I are so blessed to be able to serve the children and parents in WHC through this ministry.

Character Focus Ministries
God has blessed our efforst with children. The dream of Character Focus is becoming a reality! Rachael and I will be going to Richmond, VA with a large group of young people to administrate a children's conference for about 500 children for 2 days! We will be training volunteers, traveling, site seeing, and sharing the gospel! We are excited about this new door the Lord has opened for us.

Please keep us in your prayers. Pray that God will bless our ministry as we serve the children and families of America!

PS - I will be updating the Character Focus site within a few week. Check it out at

If you would like me to learn more about how you can be apart of this trip to Richmond in June, please leave a post!

Monday, December 11, 2006

It's a Girl! (Elizabeth Grace)

The Newest Member to Our Family... Elizabeth Grace!

We are having a baby girl! We are both so exicited about this new life the Lord has given us. Both of us thought that the child would be a boy (because boys are dominate on daddy's side) but we feel so blessed to know we are having a precious little girl.

Rachael and I went to the doctor on December 5 with both of our parents. We were glad that they got to share in this exciting event. After the appointment, we went to celebrate by eating Mexican food downtown.

Please pray that Rachael and the baby stay in good health. We are so excited about what God is doing in our lives... and we both can't wait to be parents!

(By the way, we are half way there! Only 20 weeks to go!)

In Rachael's office we held a name poll to help us decide what the name should be. Elizabeth Grace beat Samantha Joy by a number of votes. Leave a post and let us know which one you liked the best (just for fun).

Brandon and Rachael